With the three episodes on this disc, it seems like the Neon Genesis Evangelion universe has finally been established, and that the focus is more on developing the existing characters a little more and starting to progress the story a little further. By the end of the episodes on this disc, Shinji is starting to question what exactly the Angels are and why they are fighting them. Hopefully, Shinji's questions will start getting some answers on the next disc in the set.
When I first put this disc in the player, a trailer started. It turns out that there are roughly eight minutes of trailers at the beginning of the disc before you get to the main menu. Luckily, the disc was authored in such a way that you can skip ahead to the menu. However, I feel that including that many trailers at the beginning of a DVD is rather obnoxious.
On the disc, you can select from four menu options; the options are "Scene Access," "Communications," "Extras," and "ADV Previews." For "Scene Access," you can choose which episode you want to watch on the disc. "Communications" is the option for subtitle and language selections. For subtitles, you can choose to either have them on or off. For language, you can choose from English, Spanish, French, and Japanese.
The "Extras" menu contains three options. The first is labeled as "Character Bios"; the bios include a picture of the character and a brief text write-up. The characters included in this feature are: Rei, Kouzou Fuyutsuki, Eva Unit 00, Seventh Angel, Eighth Angel, and Ninth Angel. The next feature is "ADV Website"; all this selection does is to take you to a screen that has ADV's website featured on it; however, since ADV no longer exists, this link is rather irrelevant. The final extra in this menu is the DVD credits.
The final selection on the main menu is labeled as "ADV Previews." Like the second disc, there is no menu to choose which previews to see. Instead, it goes straight into the eight minutes of previews that are at the beginning of the disc. The previews included are for Farscape, Shadow Raiders, Orphen, Arc the Lad, Nadia, and an ADV promo.
When compared to the previous volume of the Neon Genesis Evangelion DVDs, this disc was authored much better. The ability to skip the ending credits to see the preview for the next episode was restored, and the text for the English subtitles didn't seem to be as large as on the previous disc. My main complaint is the fact that this disc only contains three episodes, when the previous two discs had contained four episodes each.
If you're a fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion and haven't either already picked up this DVD release or one of the DVD box sets that were released for the series, this could be worth adding to your DVD library if you can find it for a reasonable price.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this disc that I checked out through the King County Library System.
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